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Dec 10, 2013 3:00pm PST
and infrastructure investments and defense jobs for the next two years. now, i know there were some people who thought these cuts should continue, but i'm glad we increased these key domestic investments and that we averted the next round of scheduled cuts to military programs, bases, and defense jobs in our country. this deal builds on the $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction we have done since 2011 and continues the precedent we set in the fiscal cliff deal that sequestration shouldn't be replaced with spending cuts alone. this bipartisan deal will help millions of american bs who were wondering if they were going to keep paying the price for d.c. dysfunction. from construction projects who were laid off. to the kids who lost spots in head start programs. to the seniors wondering if they were going to have meals on wheels. to the families praying for halted medical research programs to get back to work on a cure and so much more. because of this deal, the budget process can now stop lurching from crisis to crisis. by setting bipartisan spending levels for the next two years, this de
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 9:00pm PST
like passing a defense bill. >> right, exactly. so, the minority party, when the majority threatens to change the rules always says if you do that, we are going to gum everything up, we're going to make life so difficult for you that you won't be able to govern this chamber. but that's a threat and it's an empty threat. and the reason is that it makes sense in general to say something like that, but when something specific comes up, like a defense bill, it doesn't help you back at home, say, well, why did you block this defense bill? oh, i blocked it because i was upset about a rules change they had made two months earlier. that doesn't fly. so, once individual things start moving, they just start moving and life gets back to normal. and you're right, they did that, they threw a tantrum over a defense bill right before a recess, so that didn't move. and so, it sat there for a couple weeks. but things are going to start moving, you know, as they get back now. it's one of those empty threats that is always made. democrats didn't back down. they changed the rules anyway and republicans ar
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2013 2:30am PST
. manning has five touchdown passes. >> against the best defense in the nfl. >> and some of the passes were just beautiful. all right. houston, patriots against the texans. >> nail biter for you, buddy. >> it was. nine yards score. they take the lead. fourth quarter, game tied at 31. new england, they'll kick the game winning field goal. a big one. i think it was a 53 yarder. texans lose ten in a row. bill, there was a little controversy here. after the game texas defensive end antonio smith telling reporters the patriots knew what to expect from the houston defense and there may be something fishy going on. i'm suspicious, i think it will be a big coincidence if that just happened by chance. i don't know for sure. i just know it was something we practiced this week. of course, our producer of show is a jts fan that harkens back to -- >> on defense? do you know what a defense is going to do? that is silly. >> my favorite teams are not above a little skepticism. >> how about rob ford making an appearance at the falcons-bills games. i'm sure there were quite a few of people trying to tak
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 7:00am PST
entitlement cuts that will free up a little money so we don't have to take the severe defense sequestration cuts and research cuts that are going to be part of the appropriation process for the next fiscal year. that's what we need to do. what i'm hearing is we are going to replace about $65 billion worth of appropriation cuts and we're going to do it sort of with a collection of cats and dogs, fees on airline passengers, spectrum sales and things like that that don't amount to long-term savings in the next decade. so it's a little disappointing to me. >> entitlements aren't even on the table, are they? >> well, you know, you may have heard more details than i have, but i'm hearing a real case of small ball and nothing that makes me think we've bent the curve at all for the long-term debt. >> well, one of the sticking points for negotiations now, at least for democrats, has been potential cuts to federal worker pensions. if i can, i'd like to play for you what congressman chris van hollen told me here yesterday. >> you cannot be asking federal employees to bear the share of the burden that
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm PST
this again. and then, of course, defense, nasa, nih, transportation, whoever, is also begging, please don't put that sequester in. you are going to eviscerate our ability to provide for whatever our particular department provides. including the department of defense. >> exactly. well, and especially when you look at how arbitrary many of the cuts have been. senator bill nelson, i know it's a busy time on the hill. thanks for joining us. >> thanks, ari. >> i want to go to our panel. we have from washington dana milbank, political columnist for the "washington post" and peri bacon, grio.com. dana, talk to us about the politics in the optics here. you just heard the senator standing basically arm in arm with the president on this issue of unemployment insurance. and him making the economic argument, as well, that, look, things are getting better. but people need time. they need a bridge to get out there and find some of the new jobs that may be appearing. what do you make of the politics of republicans actually standing firm against unemployment insurance? >> well, first of all, i think
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 10:00am PST
president obama is moving from offense to defense, trying to drive home the benefits of his health care plan despite its faulty rollout. it's a message he's going to be repeating every day between now and his anticipated holiday break. to the delight of nervous house democrats facing re-election next year. joining me now for our daily fix, chris cillizza, and nbc white house correspondent peter alexander. take it away, you guys. let's talk about what the president is trying to do. peter, you first. >> andrea, between your voice, my leaf blower, and what chris has, this could be an interesting next couple minutes. we're going to do our best to get through it. you heard the focus speaking a short time ago. the focus of his remarks less specific to health care than they were to economic opportunities for all americans right now. the white house and this president believes there's a connection between health care security and between economic security as well for americans. a short time from now, about an hour from now, the president is going to be hosting a youth summit event taking place
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 2:00am PST
. ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> now to other stories making news this morning. a suicide car bomber attacked yemen's defense ministry this morning killing 15 people. the blast in the nation's capital was followed by a fire fight with gunmen who tried to take over the complex and most of them had been killed. >>> in mexico, missing radioactive cobalt 60 has been found near where it was removed from a stolen truck. authorities say the material was taken out of the protective canister and pose noes threat to the public. although whoever opened it is in grave danger. the thieves were probably just interested in the truck. 20,000 americans signed up for insurance on healthcare.gov on saturday. twice as many of all of october. president obama wednesday urged activists not to give up on promoting the affordable care act. >> toronto mayor rob ford may have offered $5,000 and a car to suspected drug dealers in exchange for the videotape that appears to show him smoking crack. the information is contained in police wiretaps of gang members. >>> and now for your first look at business, we turn to cnbc. >>> a push for
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 1:00pm PST
. that's part of a last ditch to do list that includes a defense bill and ever evaporating hopes for a farm bill. meanwhile, president obama is in the air right now, heading back to the capitol, sharing air force one on the way back, just as he did on the way over, with former president george w. bush, and life laura. the presidents' day began under rainy skies in soweto, south africa, where he joined dozens of world leaders in a moving tribute to the late nelson mandela. >> mandela showed us the power of action. of taking risk on behalf of our ideals. but as he showed in painstaking negotiations to transfer power and draft new laws, he was not afraid to compromise for the sake of a larger goal. >> and for more on the struggle for compromise in washington right now, we are joined by congresswoman, louise slaughter, democrat of new york. with us from capitol hill. how are you? >> well, thanks. and you? >> doing very well. and i hope you're okay in the snow today in washington. you have demanded a no budget, no vacation line. and here we are on tuesday, ticking down to this deadline. h
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 11:00am PST
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MSNBC
Dec 3, 2013 1:00pm PST
defense contractors and by the way we're going to do it on the backs of senior citizens in this country, is just an anathema, to me and most people in this country, generally, and certainly the democrats in the house and senate. >> and meanwhile, congresswoman, neo conservative commentator bill crystal, here on msnbc touting a seemingly secret plan, a paul ryan plan that would replace the affordable care act. can you give us any intel on what that secret plan is? >> i think it's so secret that it hasn't been developed yet. i think the republicans have -- since we passed the affordable care act back in 2010, they have talked about just repeal. repeal, repeal. then they said repeal and replace. but then they had nothing to replace it with. so it is really a bottomless pit of ideas that never seem to come to the surface in the republican caucus. and i think it's because they really don't want to have a solution for those who have been uninsured. the 45 million americans who are uninsured. that is not who they seek to represent. and they're not interested in finding a way to provide
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 10:00am PST
on stage before him were senior officers, generals, admirals, south african defense force as a guard of honor. stared, my god, look at this. turning over the power of the state, the force of the state is now in the hands of the new president who happens to be black. these officers are showing their allegiance to him, their trust in him, and they will obey him as president and commander in chief. it was remarkable. to think that something like that could have happened just a few years earlier was unthinkable but it did happen. he served as president. a little like washington, george washington, he would not serve. he had another term even though pleaded with to do so. he done his peace and that was time for new leader to take over and keep the process moving forward. >> which was another key factor in the evolution of south africa. >> what an example that was to other leaders in south africa and other parts of the world. you're not supposed to hang around forever and milk it forever. if you truly believe in freedom of democracy then you have to leave at some point and just step
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2013 7:00pm PST
placed too much of a burden on the defendant. >> that's right. the burden is never on the defense. at most they can be required to show by a preponderance but never proof beyond a reasonable doubt. in most states all the defense has to do is raise a reasonable doubt. it's for the prosecution to show that it was not self-defense. that is their burdenen and not the defense. and placing the burden on the defense created a very critical error which is why the case has now been reversed. >> we all started talking about this case during the trayvon martin case. a black woman could not seem to achieve the same rights under this law as a white man could. >> exactly. i think in this case one of the things we need to always think about is she was going to the garage to get a licensed handgun. she had been to the firing range. she knew how to use the gun. she was trying to defend herself. she was in her own home and she was not afforded the same treatment. in the second trial they will not be talking about stand your graund. >> and the prosecution is the same. let's listen to her making the anno
MSNBC
Dec 8, 2013 7:00am PST
defensive line. and he is playing to win. joining me now is ari melber, co-host of msnbc's "the cycle" and correspondent for the nation. suze kim, national reporter for msnbc. tara dowell, who is the democratic strategist, and susan del percio, republican strategist and contributor for msnbc. thank you all for being here. so susie, you're a first-time nerd at our table today. talk to me, is this what offense looks like? because we certainly know what defense about the obama care act looks like. is this sort of the president going out and saying, oh, yeah, it is obama care? i mean, i'm obama and i care. >> i think, definitely, the fact that he's committed the next three weeks to every single day, hammering this message home is definitely a decision that the administration made that they have enough confidence with the website, with what obama care can offer, that they can just send that message, every single day, without necessarily apologizing for everything that's happened. i think this is definitely a shift by them to try to change the momentum, to try to change popular perceptions
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2013 2:00am PST
china's new air defense zones. it was also announced the vp will visit the border between north and south korea known as the demilitarized zone saturday. mr. biden will hohn your troops killed in the korean war. >>> bob smith wants his old job back. the republican says he will run for his party's nomination to challenge democratic incumbent gene shaheen next year. he may have popular competition. scott brown removed massachusetts from the twitter profile. the resident has been rumored to be open to a possible run in 2014. >>> new york archbishop says the catholic church has been outmarketed been the on the issue of same-sex marriage. during an interview, he responded to critics who he says have chashg toured the church as anti-gay. debate over the issue will continue. >> back in 1973 with roe v. wade, everybody said this is going to go away and be back burnered. to this day, it is the most devisive issue in american politics. as you look at some of the changing attitudes, you say, wow. we're beginning to affect the young with the pro-life message. >> so you're not saying the gay mar
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2013 9:00pm PST
spent all our time fake repealing obama care and we don't have a national defense authorization act, the bill that's passed every year in every congress for more than 50 years without fail. we do not have a farm bill. we do not have a duck fix that they have to pass basically every year for medicare. we do not have a housing bill. we do not have a transportation bill. we do not have a water bill. we do not have any of the things they pass every year when there are good congresses and bad congresses, gridlock or not. we cones have any of the normal baseline stuff done. we don't have a bill setting defense policy, we don't have the bain pentagon bill. we have that every year, even in really bad years, but we don't have that this year, because it was shut down the government year. it was shut down the government, repeal obama care year. that's what we did all year, and now we're not doing that anymore. and now nothing is done. and time is almost up. and the question is, will they get it together? can they get it together to do something that isn't repeal obama care before the end of th
MSNBC
Dec 8, 2013 12:00pm PST
government. i remember bob gates, my former secretary of defense wonderful public servant, when i first came in i asked him so bob you got any advice for me. he said mr. president, just understand you've got a lot of people working for you. somebody somewhere at this very moment is screwing something up. and that's true. and so i have to consistently push on every cabinet secretary on every single agency how can we do things better? and we can do things better. part is we need to reorganize the government which was designed primarily in 1935 or '45. we could consolidate agencies. we've got to do a better job buying information technologies. how we make ourselves more customer friendly. those are all things that we can improve. but the upshot is the government still does a lot of good. the last point i'll make on this is we've had a politics, frankly, the entire republican party brand since ronald reagan has been government's the problem. and if you day after day, week after week, election after election are running on that platform, and that permeates our culture and it's picked up by o
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 5:00pm PST
conservatives rising up in its defense. what did that nexus look like? >> it's good that you put it that way, anti-anti-apartheid because that's exactly what these people were. they would never actually come out and try to rationalize apartheid or try to sell apartheid to an american audience. i mean, that basically couldn't be done. but there were plenty of conservatives that had other ways of rationalizing it, the other one being the cold war, right? south africa was surrounded by hostile countries. if you asked a south african government to describe its enemies, p would always say they're communists. everyone surrounding us is a communist, you know. the anc is communist. and we've got to, you know, to struggle to defeat communism. in fact, it was an interesting country, you know, the apartheid regime. in some ways they were -- you know, they had this vision of the world as a gigantic communist conspiracy that was very familiar to a lot of american conservatives. >> i want to look at -- congresswoman, i want to read this headline, they put this up today. this was kind of an ab amazing reve
MSNBC
Dec 3, 2013 2:00am PST
themselves on defense. >> exactly. the last two months of being slammed kind of pushed that stuff off to the side. >> now they're going to try and shift back. thank you very much, ellis henican. >> good to see you. >> coming up, we're back with the stories buzzing today, including a strange encounter with actor christopher walker. >>> first, according to bing trends, who is the most searched celebrity of 2013? madonna, kim kardashian, errih a rihanna, beyonce or taylor swift? without angie's list, i don't know if we could have found all the services we needed for our riley. from contractors and doctors to dog sitters and landscapers, you can find it all on angie's list. we found riley at the shelter, and found everything he needed at angie's list. join today at angieslist.com losing thrusters. i need more power. give me more power! [ mainframe ] located. ge deep-sea fuel technology. a 50,000-pound, ingeniously wired machine that optimizes raw data to help safely discover and maximize resources in extreme conditions. our current situation seems rather extreme. why can't we maximize our
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 11:00am PST
as an amendment to the defense authorization bill. is there a chance we might -- see some sort of 11th hour compromise between the administration and this bipartisan group? >> well, i served in the senate for several years and the appetite in congress to do something to show that it is really involved and certainly there's a possibility that congress will attach some language but it has to be very careful. the administration is very active right now with congress in explaining this is a delicate moment. if the united states is seen as the rekals trant party and party that violates what is written on paper in the four-page agreement, where it says no new sanctions, if united states has seen as violating that part of the agreement and undermining these negotiations, it could unravel the broader sanctions we have in place. we rely on international partners in good faith to implement sanctions. if we are in good faith right now acting on behalf of this agreement, we could see that disappear from our partners overseas. >> we always appreciate your insight. thank you. >> thank you, crai
MSNBC
Dec 3, 2013 9:00pm PST
tone from the white house on this subject already. they don't sound like they're playing defense on the subject anymore. the president gave a short kickoff speak about it this afternoon in washington, d.c., and i think it was telling this was the biggest applause line in the speech. >> i have always said i would work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you have good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i want everybody to be sure of that. >> on thursday this week, the venue will be different, the crowd bill probably be a little younger, and the president will be forced off script undoubtedly because president obama on thursday is sitting down for a one-on-one hardball college interview with chris matthews at american university. president obama and chris matthews on thursday. the interview can only be seen here on msnbc, this thursday, 7:00 p.m. eastern. whatever you're doing thursday night, i'm giving you plenty of advance notice, you have to see this live when it happens. we'll be right back. ♪ [ male ann
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 2:30am PST
defense ministry. sources telling nbc that the attackers were wearing military uniforms and drove a bob trapped car with military plates right up to the gates. gunmen and troops quickly started an exchange of gunfire right after the explosion. most of the gunmen are dead. a hospital inside the defense ministry suffered serious damage and a medical team was reportedly among those killed by the gunman. at this point, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. back here in the u.s., a scathing report says arizona's four street division is to blame for the death of 19 hot shot firefighters back in june. and that krikcontradicts the un own investigation. they fined them $559,000 for serious safety violations. this includes a 25,000 penalty for each firefighter who died battling the wildfire. according to the report, the agency failed the firefighters by putting property protection ahead of the crew's own safety. they're sited for not pulling the team out even though it was clear the efforts were ineffective. the agency sent the firefighters into the field without adequate maps, withou
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 9:00am PST
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MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 9:00am PST
committee, that sequestration is unlivable. >> that being the defense industry. >> yes, mostly. on top of that, the next which takes spending to $967 billion almost comes exclusively out of defense. another $20 billion cut around january 15th strictly from defense budgets. so there's an appetite among the hawkish wing of the house republicans to just get rid of this. they realize that if they are going to get rid of this, they have to give in a little bit. >> weirdly, sequestration is now having the impact they believed it would to get a deal in the first place, untenable budget cuts. i think jonathan's point is really important. this is, if you're watching at home, this isn't the grand bargain. politics is the art of only the possible. the possible in this case is something very small. there is clearly no appetite for brinksmanship again. it is getting what they can get done. not getting into a bigger intractable fight that might shut down the government or cause really hard political pain on either side explaining to their base what they are getting but what they are giving up. this lit
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2013 8:00am PST
defense claim saying alexander could have run out of the house to escape her husband but instead got the gun and went back inside. in september an appeals court ruled that the judge gave improper jury instructions and a new trial has been set for next year. joining me now is kerry mclean, a member of free marissa now. kerry, let's just be clear, you are not currently representing marissa alexander, but you are familiar with her case and also, again, a part of the organization that is free marissa now. >> absolutely. >> so let's get into how you understand marissa is doing. she was released, again, over the thanksgiving holiday. how is she faring right now? >> i spoke with her mother over the weekend, and her mother said that at this point marissa is trying to process just not being behind bars after being behind bars for almost three years. and she has three children, twins, okay, who are not connected with rico gray. they're not the children of rico gray. >> which is the estranged husband. >> yeah. so she's seeing them, they're at the house and spending time with them and reconnecti
MSNBC
Dec 3, 2013 10:00am PST
. >> susan, in the president's defense, shouldn't he be able to expect the experts at hhs and various agencies working on this had it under control since they were being asked on a daily basis, do you have it under control? >> certainly there are people below the president who bear responsibility for the catastrophic rollout of the affordable care act and website. in the end he's the president. you know, the buck stops with him. it's really his management responsibility to have made sure that was working. one of the frustrating things for supporters of this law is that these were foreseeable difficulties. if the system had been working some time ago, they would have recognized some of the problems and addressed them before they were laid bear for the whole world to see. >> i want to ask both of you about education initiative, the studies out today, every three years global testing of teenagers, 15 years old. what we found, for all the money spent by bush administration and before this the obama administration, race to the top, all of the advancements we've been expecting, that america
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 9:00am PST
feel like the white house has been playing for a long time a lot of defense. in the last week the income inequality speech, question of fairness, fair deal for american worker, what kind of country we want to be. the scenes of his presidency we first heard at the democratic national convention echoed some eight, nine years later at the passing of nelson mandela. i think it is a really important reminder, not just for the global community but for americans here about why he's president and why he was elected president. >> and although there are probably all kinds of motives for people like ted cruz and newt gingrich stepping up to celebrate mandela and his legacy and attending the memorial service, it is at least for a second, for a moment good for americans to see that these people at the extremes of our political spectrum can come together around this. i have to say, i was interested thinking about mandela and obama yesterday, i went back to obama's books to see, oh, he must have talked about the mandela example in the book. not so much. there was one mention of mandela in each b
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 11:00am PST
book drunk driving defense said you cannot be prosecuted because you did not stop someone from engaging in criminal conduct. if someone is holding a gun and is about to shoot it and you don't pull it out of their hand, you cannot be held accountable. i think the police are overreaching. jonathan sill says for this case to progress it has to be the boys knew the person was drunk and that they knew the accident would happen. so there's a standard of proof that is very, very high. it would be very difficult for the state to say one of the boys' conduct actually caused the accident. other thing you're a parent, i thought about, how much responsibility is on the shoulder of the parent who some people if they want to be cynical would say why didn't you teach your kid not to overindulge and underage drink, if we're going to go that route of who's responsible. >> i'm not saying it's an easy case but i don't agree with the analogies the way they were presented. i won't say it's an individual with a gun in his hand. to the extent this driver got out and leaves her the keys, he's handing the gun o
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2013 3:00am PST
people working for the federal government. i remember bob gates, my former secretary of defense wonderful public servant, when i first came in i asked him so bob you got any advice for me. he said mr. president, just understand you've got a lot of people working for you. somebody somewhere at this very moment is screwing something up. and that's true. and so i have to consistently push on every cabinet secretary on every single agency how can we do things better? and we can do things better. part is we need to reorganize the government which was designed primarily in 1935 or '45. we could consolidate agencies. we've got to do a better job buying information technologies. how we make ourselves more customer friendly. those are all things that we can improve. but the upshot is the government still does a lot of good. the last point i'll make on this is we've had a politics, frankly, the entire republican party brand since ronald reagan has been government's the problem. and if you day after day, week after week, election after election are running on that platform, and that permea
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 1:00pm PST
government. and i remember bob gates, my former secretary of defense, wonderful public servant, had served under seven presidents. when i first came in, i asked him, so, bob, you got any advice for me? he says, mr. president, just understand, you've got a lot of people working for you. somebody somewhere at this very moment is screwing something up. and that's true. and so i -- so i have to consistently push on every cabinet secretary, on every single he agency, how can we do things better. and we can do things better. part of what we need to do is reorganize the government, which was designed primarily in 1935 or '45. we could consolidate agencies, we have got to do a much better job as everybody has learned, buying information technologies. you know, how we make ourselves more customer-friendly. those are all things that we can improve. but the up shot is, the government still does a lot of good. and the last point i'll make on this is, you know, we've had a politics, frankly, you know -- the entire republican party brand over -- since ronald reagan, has been government is the pro
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 8:00am PST
responsibility and we'll keep you posted when detail comes out on that. >>> yemen's defense ministry has killed as many as 23 people. gunmen rammed a car full of explosives. the attack reportedly targeted a hcht which was inside that complex. >>> an nba basketball game last night in mexico city had to be called off after smoke poured into the building. police say the arena had to be evacuated 45 minutes before the game was scheduled to start because of a fire in the generator room. >>> a brutal winter storm carrying snow, ice and sleet is heading east. one minnesota town on the banks of lake superior has already seen three feet of snow. >> it doesn't look good for a group of whales stranded in shallow water. ten have died in the waters of everglades national park. specialists are trying to move the 41 survivors into deeper water, and if you have not logged into facebook today you might want to check your account. >> the computer hackers have scooped up the user names and passwords of about 2 million accounts on some of the world's most popular websites including facebook, google and
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
nation. he represented himself and in his defense spoke out about democracy. equality and freedom. on february 2nd, 1990 amidst escalating international pressure, south african president lifted the ban on the anc and released mandela. mandela was awarded the nobel peace prize in december of 1993. in april of 1994, in south africa's first truly democratic election where all races were allowed to participate, nelson mandela was overwhelming elected to the presidency. he was battling a respiratory infection since early june. a remarkable man and a remarkable life and a model of stick-to-itiveness and never give up. a man of tremendous heart and compassion. dead this night at the age of 95. joining me tonight for our coverage on the passing of nelson mandela and joy reed of the grio and also with us tonight, dr. james peterson of lehigh university. i will start with you. a remarkable man. a life that is a true treasure to humanity. >> he is a star across all lines. >> you cannot compartmentalize him to a politician or a founting of south africa. here's a man who fought the hate and th
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Dec 4, 2013 11:00pm PST
hope but his defense about smoking pot. >> new controversy is swirling around in the form of marijuana smoke. it was during this appearance that he was asked point blank about illegal drugs. >> and that when i was in england, i experimented with marijuana a time or two, and i didn't like it and didn't inhale and never did it again. >> since then i didn't inhale has become one of the most quoted remarks in politics. >> like many things in the press, that whole thing has been totally twisted. i didn't say i was holier than thou. i said i tried. i never denied that i used marijuana. i told the truth. i thought it was funny. and with the only journalist who was there said i told the truth. everyone else had to cover that up because that's not the story they wanted to tell. so that's a silly thing. >> you could say many on the hard right have been overzealous over their criticism of president obama and the affordable care act. mark levine is the latest. using the term brown shirts, nazis. >> here's the headline at the mcclatchy washington bureau, obama strives to pivot from health
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Dec 3, 2013 6:00am PST
air defense identification zone which includes the air space over the islands saying foreign airlines must now warn china of their flight plans before entering air space many the east china sea. now, remember, the china/japan rivalry goes back, oh, a thousand years? the japanese see this as a sign of chinese aggression and are furious. this morning in a news conference with japan's prime minister, vice president biden warned that beijing risks a potentially dangerous confrontation with japan and its allies, which, of course, means us. >> we, the united states, are deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the east china sea. this action has raised regional tensions and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculation. >> anonymously, white house advisers have been more candid. one adviser told -- one adviser to president obama told "the new york times," "it's pretty clear this isn't really about the islands. it's about a desire of some in china to assert themselves that-in ways that until recently they didn't have the military capability to ma
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Dec 4, 2013 3:00am PST
i saw someone on that defense move, i just yelled checkoff, checkoff. >> wow. coming up next the republican deputy whip congressman tom cole joins us. here in the studio, john meacham and dr. zeke emmanuel. keep it right here on "morning joe.". ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] this is jim, a man who doesn't stand still. but jim has afib, atrial fibrillation -- an irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. that puts jim at a greater risk of stroke. for years, jim's medicine tied him to a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but now, with once-a-day xarelto®, jim's on the move. jim's doctor recommended xarelto®. like warfarin, xarelto® is proven effective to reduce afib-related stroke risk. but xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem. that doesn't require routine blood monitoring. so jim's not tied to that monitoring routine. [ gps ] proceed to the designated route. not today. [ male announcer ] for patients currently well managed on warfarin, there is limited informa
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Dec 7, 2013 9:00am PST
pass a big defense policy bill they have been passing by the end of every year. this year they risked not passing it for the first time in more than five decades. >> talk about the latest jobs report. because that's pretty good news there, elise. 203,000 jobs added last month. unemployment rate down.3% to 7%. a five-year low. how much of a boost is this for president obama? >> in a way it's a huge boost. this is the third straight month of solid growth. growth across all sectors is great for the president. however, the debate we're watching now is whether unemployment benefits will continue. republicans immediately responded to that jobs report by saying hey, maybe we need to ease up on some of this federal health we've been giving to unemployed. democrats don't want to see that happen. they're ready to see this through before the end of the year when unemployment benefits would expire for about 1.3 million people. that would come around the holidays which would make it very difficult. i think that's what we're watching right now, how will this unemployment benefits package be
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Dec 10, 2013 2:30am PST
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Dec 4, 2013 7:00am PST
that the u.s. shares its concerns over china's new air defense zone, vice president joe biden is in beijing today for discussions with the chinese president. the air defense zone controls islands controlled by japan but claimed by china. the vice president's east asia trip was supposed to focus on trade and the economy, but this issue has taken center stage. >>> the website had one million visitors on monday, but can obama care reach its goal of getting seven million people signed up by march? we're doing the math and getting wonky with ezra klein coming up. on the table by not choosing the right medicare d plan. no one could have left this much money here. 3w4r 3w4r57. >>> republicans are not backing off on their appeals to repair obama care. at a white house event touting the fixes and the benefits of the affordable care act, president obama drew a line in the sand. >> i've always said i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> let's bring in senator
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Dec 4, 2013 2:30am PST
well. her name is christine fox. she is acting defense secretary. and she inspired the character in one of the flight instructor in one of the iconic movies of the 1980s. >> the mid 28 does have a problem with the inverted flight times. i won't do a negative g pushover. >> we happen to see a 28 do a drive. >> where did you see this? >> that's classified. >> it's what? >> it's classified. i can tell you but then i'd have to kill you. >> my review of your flight performance was right on. >> is that right? >> that is right. and i held something back. i see some real genius in your flying, but i can't say that in there. i was worried that everyone in there could see right through me. i don't want anyone to know i've fallen for you. >> that gives you the cheesy chills of the 1980s. i miss them. she worked with naval aviators. obviously chuck hail wigel a pr manager. she looks a little bit like kelly mcgillis. she was just 30 years aeld. by the way, her call sign in 1985, lex. a little bit of a different era. hr would have something to do that if it were today. democrats and republicans were
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Dec 6, 2013 3:00am PST
defense, wonderful public servant, had served under seven presidents, when i first came in i asked him so, bob, you got nyad vice for me. he said, mr. president, just understand you got a lot of people working for you. somebody somewhere is screwing something up. that's true. [ laughter ] so i have to consistently push on every cabinet secretary on every single agency how can we do things better and we can do things better. >> john meacham what is your take on his perspective on his own administration. >> i think it's realistic. president kennedy said defeat is an orphan and victory has a thousand fathers. that's true whether it's a government agency or private institution. there's always the difficulty of pulling these things off, complex operations. but all that said, you know, he ran for the office and so you take the responsibility, and i think he's showing a little sense of humor there but i think given the scale of this particular screw up, that was -- some conversations he should have had on the front end. >> yes a little bit earlier. chris covered an awful ground. later on
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Dec 10, 2013 8:00am PST
to house armed services committee chair buck mckeon says he plans to file a compromised defense bill in the house either today or tomorrow. >> and a budget deal, that could be unveiled tomorrow just two days before the house goes into recess. republican senator roger wicker told chris jansing he's confident in paul ryan, the lead republican, in negotiations, but isn't so sure the deal tackles long-term problems. >> what i'm hearing is we are going to replace about $65 billion of appropriation cuts and we're going to do it sort of with a collection of cats and dogs, fees on airline passengers, spectrum sales and things like that that don't amount to long-term savings in the next decade. >> join meeg riging me right no king. thanks for making time for me. we have heard that the budget does not deal with entitlement reform tax loopholes, major debt reduction or all of the sequestration cuts. you're on the special budget conference that's coming up with the plan. that's your feeling on how this is taking shape, and then what's your biggest linchpin of concern? >> well, first, thomas, i t
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Dec 3, 2013 9:00am PST
. that threat hangs over them. >> these are different cuts than defense cuts which theoretically has that action looms larger over the republican party. >> i think nobody wants to do this except tea party people. very interesting senator patty murray supposed to be on vacation. she personally traveled to washington. she's meeting -- the senator, lofty one, they are working together, not talking about any kind of grand bargain. lots of people don't like the idea for those but they are trying to come up with an alternative to the really deeper sequester cuts and it's unbelievable they can't even agree on fees. okay. we're not talking about tax rate hikes that's off the table. we can't close loopholes. >> we're talking about auctioning broadband spectrum, higher fees on airport security and vacuuming up loose change jonathan capehart might have. >> there's a lot of it. >> there is a lot of change. i think part of the reason compromise seems so hard is that republicans have not are to ask themselves the tough questions about what they would do in terms of broader policy because they have
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Dec 4, 2013 8:00am PST
defensible as you talk about wanting to attract and allowing for personal responsibility in the conversations that republicans support? do you think that's a defensible position for republican governors to take against the aca? >> what i don't find defensible is after five years of living under president obama, you know, he has little to show for what he's done for the black community. in fact if you want to focus on his health care law, his health care law has cost jobs, particularly, you know, jobs in the black community. an he's done very little to speed up the job prospects of millions in black america and millions of americans across the country. so while we're focused on, you know, trying to create jobs, private sector jobs, good-paying jobs, career-making jobs, i would ask, you know, what exactly has the president done for the black community? and the effects of his policies, the effects of president obama's policies -- >> why didn't the jobs act pass in the house? >> you can ask house republicans. or house democrats. >> but that was a led niinitiate by president obama an
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Dec 5, 2013 6:00am PST
every congress does like a highway or defense bill or farm bill or a budget. what do we need a budget for. not for highways, defense or food. >> in september congress approved a grant for the minute men missile national historic site in south dakota to include additional parking space. the 113th united states congress. bad at creating jobs. good at creating parking spaces at strange historical monuments in the middle of nowhere. >> heat from the late night comics. capitol hill may not be good at legislation, but lawmakers are good at passing the buck. they point the finger at the democratic-controlled senate. >> to date the house passed nearly 150 bills. this congress that the united states senate has failed to act on. the senate, the president, and i continue to stand in the way of the people's priorities. >> democrats led by the president blame house republicans for the reluctance to compromise. >> let me end by addressing the elephant in the room. the seeming inability to get anything done in washington these days. if you still don't like obama care and you know you don't, even tho
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